by Kathryn L. Wall, Ph.D.
This unit focuses on the life of Abigail Adams (1744-1818), wife to President John Adams and the mother of President John Quincy Adams. In this unit, you will learn about the many letters she wrote to her husband that provide great insight into this time in American history. You will also read about the roles she played as an adviser to her husband, a defender of women's rights, and a voice against slavery. Aside from the historical knowledge you will gain, you will also study new vocabulary, learn about the parts of a research essay, practice using active vs. passive voice, and discover the differences among literary genres.
For the final project, you will take on the role of Abigail Adams or President John Adams by creating a one-person play to teach others about this period in history. This living history presentation can be combined with the Revolution social studies unit to create a larger final project performance.